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Local man held on attempted murder, other charges

HAWLEY — A local man was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on attempted murder, kidnapping, and other charges.

Donald R. Walck, 35, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and battery, threatening to commit a crime (murder), and intimidating a witness, Monday in Greenfield District Court.

The charges stem from a fight Walck allegedly had with his girlfriend Saturday.

His girlfriend showed up at the Shelburne Falls state police barracks Saturday evening, with a swollen left eye, red marks around her neck, and scratches, according to a report filed by trooper Stephen Bushay.

The two had been dating for about a year, said Walck’s girlfriend, and she had begun to pay his bills and let him stay in her Hawley cabin because he could not hold down a job, wrote Bushay.

Saturday, the two began arguing while shopping in Northampton, and the accused punched her in the left arm and leg as he drove them home, wrote Bushay. At one point, the alleged victim said, she climbed into the car’s backseat to get out of her boyfriend’s reach, according to the report.

When they got back to Hawley, he grabbed her by the hair as she tried to leave the vehicle, according to the report.

She told Bushay that her boyfriend started to strangle her, and said he was going to make her suffer for 24 hours, after which, he would decide whether she lived or died, according to the report.

She was able to break free, at which point her boyfriend exited the car to go after her, and she got back in and locked the doors, wrote Bushay.

As she tried to drive away, the suspect stood behind the car, blocking her path, wrote Bushay. When she tried to drive forward, he hopped onto the car’s hood and began punching the windshield, reads the report.

She then slammed on the brakes, her boyfriend slid off the car, and she got away, wrote Bushay.

Bushay went to the Hawley cabin with trooper Joshua Hanssen, where they found Walck. The man admitted to police that he “did something bad,” but did not want to talk about it, wrote Bushay. At the barracks, he told police that he had gone into a rage, and may have choked his girlfriend, according to Bushay’s report.

Walck was held without bail Monday, and is scheduled to return to court on June 20.

David Rainville can be reached at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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